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51 Total Credits Required

The course sequence is determined by advisement and tailored to the needs of each individual student. Courses are offered on a rotating basis so that part-time students can finish the program in three years.

Students take entry-level business courses at the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and fulfill at least 3 points of internships with a range of sponsors, including galleries, museums, and other arts organizations. 

In addition to business and internship requirements, students in both areas of the program must complete a substantial, well-researched master’s thesis. Research focuses on a particular interest or issue in the visual arts administration field; this is a two-semester sequence that begins with an interactive seminar. Students complete the thesis during their last semester in the program.  

The program offers two international study abroad opportunities. France and Germany: Visual Arts and Performing Arts Administration is offered in Paris and Berlin, and Exhibition and Display of Art and Material Culture is offered in London, England.

The program enrolls up to 35 students each academic year (about 1/2 of this number elect the for-profit concentration).

  • Admission is for the fall semester only.  
  • Students may participate in the program on a full- or part-time basis. 
  • Two years are required for completion of the full-time program, generally including one summer. 
  • Most students already work in the arts or arts-related fields.

Required Courses

33–42 Credits


Business Courses 9 units
Stern (COR1-GB courses) or Wagner (CORE-GP/PADM-GP courses from the list below:
COR1-GB 1302
Leadership in Organizations
3 Credits
COR1-GB 2310
Marketing Concepts
3 Credits
COR1-GB 1306
Financial Accounting
3 Credits
CORE-GP 1020
Management and Leadership
3 Credits
CORE-GP 1021
Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit and Health Organizations
3 Credits
PADM-GP 2110
Marketing for Non-profit Organizations
3 Credits

Primary Area of Study

9 Credits

Select from Arts Management or Arts Market

Arts Management
ARVA-GE 2027
ARVA-GE 2032
Arts Market
ARVA-GE 2016
ARVA-GE 2076
ARVA-GE 2171

Secondary Area of Study

6-9 Credits

Choose one of the following suggested areas of study or create your own secondary area of study: curatorial studies; arts advocacy and arts education; and global perspectives.


Curatorial Studies
ARVA-GE 2019
ARVA-GE 2911
1 - 4 Credits
Arts Advocacy/Arts Education
ARVA-GE 2021
ARVA-GE 2035
2 Credits
Global Perspectives
ARVA-GE 2027


9-18 Credits

By advisement (selected from, but not limited to, the following Art and Art Professions department courses as well as courses offered throughout the University)
ARVA-GE 2024
ARVA-GE 2118
ARVA-GE 2912

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